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Australia Day playlist and party ideas.

Australia Day playlist & party ideas

 

26th of January is Australia Day. The first arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

Today, we celebrate our diverse culture, our environment, music and sports along with many other Aussie achievements. What makes the day more Aussie is getting together over a BBQ or alfresco lunch (eating outdoors) with all your friends or as we say 'mates'.
So today's post I have compiled a list of Aussie songs for you to compliment your get together. I have:

  • Sia
  • Big Pig
  • The Temper Trap
  • Boom Crash Opera
  • Screaming Jets
  • Diesel
  • Cut Copy and many, many more.

A mixing bowl of Aussie artist you may forgotten from the past to the contemporary . How do you get to my song list is by clicking here or here
(Note: you need to join up with Spotify. It's free and easy to follow so you can find my hit list.)

 

 

Now for the fun BBQ/party ideas and beautiful inspiring Aussie photos:

Max Dupain, Sunbaker

The famous Aussie 1937 photo by Max Dupain, The Sunbaker.

Cameron Herweynen

This beautiful portrait of an aboriginal child is taken by Cameron Herweynen.

aust-day-collage-2Love this setting. Alfresco dining a la Australian way. Styling by Karen Locke, Photo credit by Creative Image. More pics to come...

The Design Files:Katie QuinnYou can't beat an ice-cold drink. via The Design Files, Katie Quinn.

Lamb rolls with tzatzikiLamb chops, lamb sausages how about minced lamb rolls (Greek koftas) with tzatziki. Mouth watering! via SBS

australiaday_party_065Another photo from stylist Karen Locke. This setting has the old Australian country charm.

Chris HemsworthWhoops! How did this photo get here? Happy Australia Day Chris.

australiaday_party_085Anzac biscuits and a cuppa of Bushells tea. You can't get more aussie than that. Honoury mentions to Tim Tams and Iced Vovos. Stylist Karen Locke. For more of Karen's beautiful styling work click here.

mini_pavlovas2Easy to make pavola with blueberries and pomangrant. Love this vibrant colours of blue, red and white. via A Sweet Muddle site full of beautiful food photography.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.56.10 pmAnother pavola creation and this one will impress your guests. Via A Little Delightful

Summer cocktail via Table For TwoAnd lastly, we can't forget a summery drink. This one is delish, find the recipe on Table for Two

For the kids:

Gold & Green fruit skewers Kids love fruit in summer. Gold and green skewers, freeze them to make it extra cold. Found on Pinterest.

Australia Day masksI love this candid photo of the children wearing these Australia Day masks, (it looks easy to make you need: foam, felt or thick cardboard for the mask, felt for the noses and to finish off, cotton wool and feathers and elastic. Supplies via your local craft shop.) photo credit The Woman's Day. It reminds me of this..

May GibbsWattle babies by May Gibbs (1877-1969). Australia's famous illustrator from her book- The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Sugarland cupcakesAren't these adorable by Sugarland Cupcakes. I couldn't eat one, too precious!

 To print out Australia Day colouring sheets click here. Lots to choose from for a bit of quiet time.

That is all from me. Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world. Don't forget my Aussie Day song list to play!

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My Hot Trip to Queensland.

My Hot Trip to Queensland.

I have lived on the Gold Coast for 2 years and I got to know the place more intimately. It's not just the seedy Cavill Ave which only awakens at night and sleeps in the day; or the bikies causing havoc over their imported businesses (yeah right); but watching the place grow up from a small city into a modern, high rising city, catering for everyone from locals to travellers.

When I moved back to Sydney, I knew I would visit the Goldie regularly as my parents stayed on to retire. I didn't think I'd miss this place until my parents moved to Maryborough, 335 km or 4 hours drive north from the Goldie.
I was a little disappointed they moved (again! my parents have the 7-10 year moving itch) to a town further away. No more cheap flights tickets to GC throughout the year. So I'm being a little selfish because my parents moved into a an old Queenslander home with a big yard and walking distance to the shops, RSL and aquatic centre, compared to a little villa not close to the shops and having to pay $$ to body corp. I guess I will miss the last minute plans to jump in a plane and see my mum. Oh boo hoo me!

Now I have heard of the World Hertiage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island a place you can 4WD and camp or stay in a cottage or resort. An ideal place for everyone's budget. Hervey Bay is where you launch off to the beautiful island or go whale watching (mid-July to mid-November).
Because of the lack of time over Christmas and the summer heat (and the fact I'm pregnant and can't tolerate 30*c plus humidity), we didn't visit Hervey Bay or Fraser Island... yet! This is on our list to visit this year.

The best flights for a family is direct. With a 31/2-year-old in tow with very little patience, we didn't want to stop over in Brisbane. Perhaps with better planning and the silly season over, we will stop in Brisvegas to see friends and sights of this city for an overnight stay.
After 1 hour and 40 minutes, we arrived on Hervey Bay turf and it was hot! Like you can cook an egg on the tarmac hot or hot like watching Magic Mike hot. It took a 30 minutes to shuttle bus it to Maryborough. Ah bless the A/C. Driving through the town was really lovely. I never knew the town has so much history with old homes and buildings to match. More facts and info later.

Enjoying the inflight entertainment

Above: Miss Cheeky enjoying the inflight entertainment. How cold is it onboard!

Below: On the day of our arrival, my parents booked us on a Christmas lights bus tour. We got to meet some of the home owners who offered us food and treats. Great way to start our Christmas break.

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Below: We stopped by a Vintage Christmas exhibition showcasing these beauties. Mince pies and homemade lemon aid was served free!

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My dad still uses his 1 tonne sewing machine.

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Christmas morning with two of my favourite people. Sitting in the coolest part of the house. The heat was overwhelming, I waddled around with heavy, swollen feet with my mouth open like a bird. Elsa dolls were sold out so Cinderella saved Christmas. Phew!

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Christmas Day. Miss Cheeky working hard for a bit of water fun.

Below: Boxing Day at the Maryborough aquatic centre. Dad slip, slop and a slapping, no wonder she hates sunscreen on her face. For me passionfruit slurpies while sitting in the kiddy's pool was the best mix to cool down a pregnant gal.

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Our proudest moment, Miss Cheeky swimming underwater. Here she is commanding dad to go further back.

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Practicing her vertical diving or walking on water!

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One proud mama. I learned to swim alone when I was 8! My parents aren't strong swimmers and I never knew any of my friends back in the 80's who took swimming lessons.

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Below: Second last day of our holiday, we took a visit to the City Hall to see the Explore-a-saurus. We enjoyed it more than the Dino exhibition at Sydney museum.

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No queues and no big crowds here. We loved the camouflage photo set, maybe I enjoyed it more than everyone. As for the exhibition, we were very impressed, it's on until April 2105.

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Shhh! Where did they go?

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An activity room for kids and 3 year olds crafting out Dino masks.

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O.k my last camo shot. Born to be wild.

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Our last day amongst family. Miss Cheeky took this photo just as the shuttle bus arrived.

2 Facts and website info on Maryborough:

1) This is the best one, did you know Mary Poppins creator Pamela Lyndon Travers was born in an existing building in Maryborough in 1899? To get to know more on Pamela, you must watch Disney's Saving Mr Banks. I saw the movie in cinema last year and I loved it. You will see Mary Poppins in a different light.

2) Brisbane beat Maryborough to become capital city of Queensland. During the 1800's Maryborough was a port of entry to immigrants arriving as the city sits on the Mary River.

More info on where to stay, what to do (so much to do!) check it out here

To finish up on my trip : 6 days wasn't enough but I'm lucky to be able to go back and visit my parents. My hot trip to Queensland was worth it and I'm excited to discover more of this historical city in the near future and visit my lovely parents again; I'm hoping this is their last move.
Lastly, I want to send my thoughts out to people in South Adelaide who are going through such hardship from the bush fires. I will donate to help out those in need and who lost everything. If you like to donate please click here

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Guest blogger: My2morrows

I have a wonderful guest blogger to introduce- Shannon from My2morrows.

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I first met Shannon at the Clever Cookie School of Blog this September and got to meet personally at our blog graduation high noon tea. We connected straight away and even though we didn't chat as much as we wanted on the day, we stayed on as friends through the blog community.

About Shannon: She is a proud wife to an inspiring man and mum to two adorable kids. Loves tea (cheers to that) and is an animal lover. She writes about life, family and music. I love her Love Want Need lists.

Shannon from My2morrows blog

I asked Shannon some questions ...

1. What inspired you to start your blog journey?

I started getting into blogs firstly as a reader, 5 years ago while I was on maternity leave with my first bub and loved the sense of community they created. My inspiration to start my own blog was the talented Chantelle from Fat mum slim via her ‘Letters to Lacey’. http://fatmumslim.com.au/category/letters-to-lacey/

I’d read them in tears, they were so beautifully written and I loved the idea of having those precious memories documented. It took me 5 years to work up the courage to actually publish my first post. Life happened, 2 babies in 2 years went by in the blink of an eye, and it was only after signing up to the Clever Cookie School of Blog after a few wines one night that I actually got serious about it and thought right… now is the time! my2morrows is a mix of kid stuff, my ‘love want need’ series and just life.

 

2. What's your favourite post that you've written?

Probably this one: The Circle of Life Part 2: Maddi's Daddy. Although it was hard to write, it was kinda healing too! http://my2morrows.com/2014/11/02/the-circle-of-life-part-2-maddis-daddy-2/
3. Give us a little about your background?

I'm a country girl in a city world! I was born and raised in coastal country South Australia and moved to the big smoke (Adelaide) after high school to study Marketing at Uni. After graduating I spent the year 2000 in the USA, travelling and working at a summer camp in Maine teaching sailing and kayaking. When I returned to Australia I moved to Sydney, got a job, met my now hubby and have called Sydney home for 14 years now. I've worked in a few different marketing/sponsorship/media roles, mostly in the Corporate world and these days I work part time in Marketing, spending as much time as I can with my2morrows.

 

4. What are three things you cannot live without?

My Family

Avocados

Organic Paw Paw ointment
5. Five famous people you would invite for dinner (deceased or/and alive).

Prince William & Kate - they just seem so down to earth and lovely

Prince Harry - cause he's the fun one!

Ryan Gosling - no words required

Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters - cause I love a good Rock N Roll story and I'm sure he'd have a few
6. Most inspiring person.

My husband. He has a vision condition and is actually legally blind, yet he has such a positive outlook on life and works so hard for his family.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

Besides beautiful Sydney... probably Hawaii. There's just something about the Aloha way of life.

8. What is one tradition your family has at Christmas?

We LOVE Christmas and every year my husband and I watch as many Christmas Movies as we can in the lead up to the big day. Our faves would be The classic Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Now that we have little people, we've just started the Elf on the Shelf family tradition... so much fun. Our Elf, ‘Jingle’ is getting up to all kinds of mischief. We only have such a limited time until the kids find out the truth about Santa so we're making the most of this magical time!

9. What's on your Christmas list?

Oh so many things... just see my ‘Love Want Need’ series http://my2morrows.com/category/love-want-need/ but if I had to pick one thing... I'd say The Olympus OMD-D EM10 camera. It had me at 'built in Wifi'.

 

Shannon I totally agree on the Olympus camera. It's a want list for me too! And I'm a big fan of Dave Grohl too.

Make sure you pop over and check out My2morrows. Check out her Facebook page too.

9 Gift ideas HE will love.

My last Christmas gift idea post is for the boys, the men. I have 9 gifts ideas he will love for each man from the sports enthusiast to the avid reader, something for all personalities.

A great gift for men is the galvanised drinks cooler tub from Bunnings, almost as cheap as a six-pack. You can add his favourite beers and I guarantee it will be used for those up coming occasions e.g Boxing Day and Australia Day. And lastly, want to get your man something really different? Red Balloon has many great ideas, you might even find something for yourself to add on your wish list.

 

9 Great Ideas for him,

Christmas gift ideas for kids

Yesterday I complied a Christmas list for the women, today it's all about the Christmas gift ideas for the kids! Whether your a parent or not, I hope it helps your list of what to get. I have 2 collage boards so I can squeeze more gifts for you to look. The second collage is for the bigger kids.

Because there is so much for kids to choose from and it certainly gets overwhelming deciding what to buy, it's important to ask them what they want and carry a list because you will get distracted with all the toys in the bigger stores. If your little one can't write yet, help her/him cut out pictures from the toy catalogue and paste it on a paper, you know how much kids love being involved.

My hardest to think of a list was the teens. Now if I remember, I didn't have any techie stuff like phones or even a computer at home. I asked for Dolly magazine, Sportsgirl brand T-shirt and matching shorts. How the generations have changed, and so fast!

Tomorrow is Flashback Friday and I will do a Christmas list for the men tomorrow. Getting you ready to shop!

 

 

Christmas gift ideas for the kids
For the parents, don't worry! The B. Okideoke microphone is the best one. I know because I have one and the melodies are nice to hear and you will get to hear you little one sing-heart melting moments hearing their little voices at this age.
The bed pillow is from Curious Bazaar on esty. I got mine custom made for my daughter's first birthday, the girls are so lovely and the price isn't scary.
The gorgeous skirt is from Pineapple Traders. They have the cutest stuff in their online shop.
Christmas gift ideas for the big kids
The best age to buy is younger school kids. They are more excitable and you don't have to explain to them, Christmas isn't tomorrow.
As for the scooter, the teens also wanting one- a $$$ scooter. I chose an acceptable price for a younger child, I couldn't believe when I saw the price go up to $300!
Sneakers you can't go wrong. Clothes you need to go out and shop with them as they have a different taste to what we think. Oh those girls crop tops! No!
And I apologise for adding the One Direction album. They are still popular and you might hear it on repeat.
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When someone you love falls.

Monday I announced to the rest of my family and friends I am pregnant.

Tuesday was a day I needed stay at home with my 3 year old. What I wasn't expecting was a phone call from my husband early morning to say his mum had an accident and may have had broken her pelvic bone.

'Oh no, not pelvic bone!' I thought to myself, that's a long and painful recovery. Later in the day, I was told it was a pubic bone fracture, still painful but not as bad as the broken bone.

As I looked in my diary, I had penciled in for Wednesday- day out with nana. Nana is my mum-in-law and a close friend. We chat about everything and give each other advice. Yes, I am one of the few lucky women to marry into a family I love very much as my own.
I don't regard them as 'in-laws' only by introduction.

Nana is an amazing women who does so much for her family and friends. A reliable and loyal lady who drops everything for you when you need help and always extends her hand.
She bakes the most amazing cheesecakes, scones and apple & rhubarb crumble for all to share. I am not one to enjoy shopping but her truthful advice is Godsend, never going home with an ill fitted clothing. Her patience with my daughter only makes her a loveable nana who gives out treats and always empathises with the sick.

Thankfully, she was with a neighbour when she fell down the backyard stairs and an ambulance was called. It's frightening to think how this could have been worse, lying in pain alone crying out for help.
Her husband left work immediately to be by her side. My dad-in-law and husband work together in their joinery factory and nana is their bookkeeper.

My husband arrived home and collected us to go to the hospital. She requested a magazine and food to eat. Doctor forgotten to write on her report she is allowed to eat and the nurses couldn't give her any food until they received the doctor's approval at 2pm. She ate a very bland sandwich, a little too late as a terrible migraine was emerging.

When I walked in my heart raced and I tried to put on my brave face. Seeing a family member you love in a terrible condition is a shock.
We are all aware our parents are ageing, but you're never prepared to see them in a hospital bed. I am aware she still has many years ahead and I pray to God the recovery will be quick to see her back in her own home.
I kept thinking how much I wanted to hug my mum and dad, I wanted to feel their arms wrapped around me and I made sure I rang them when I arrived home. My hugs from my parents won't be until Christmas as they live in Queensland, but hearing my mum's voice is comforting.

The whole experience made me more grateful of her (and including my family and close friends) - she is well; I always thank her for the help she does for me and I will endeavour to do more for her. It's her second day in hospital will be receiving rehabilitation, more drawings from Miss 3, more magazines and more visits always cheers the sick up.

I am aware of the families who have to go through more hardship and I am thinking of you all. This only makes us stronger and bond closer as a family.
And remember everyone: be grateful for the littlest things everyday because you never know what life throws at you. Now, go and make that phone call to your family or friends...